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A Business-Friendly Climate Agenda for Obama's Second Term (Double bag barf alert)
Harvard Business Review ^ | November 12, 2012 | Eric Pooley

Posted on 11/12/2012 1:45:46 PM PST by Zakeet

President Obama has some unfinished business to attend to, and taking care of it will require help and support from corporate leaders across the country.

When he ran for president in 2008, Obama made three big promises: end the Iraq War, extend health care coverage to all Americans, and take federal action to reduce the threat of global climate change. He delivered on the first two. And though his Administration made some progress on emissions reduction by doubling federal fuel economy standards for passenger vehicles, the president chose not to move comprehensive climate legislation through a recalcitrant Senate in the wake of the Great Recession. After 2010, climate all but disappeared from the national conversation.

Hurricane Sandy put it back on the map. Sandy is just the latest reminder that climate change, which fed the storm's fury by warming Atlantic waters and loading moisture into the atmosphere, isn't going away. Since January, we have seen record drought, rising commodities prices, the lowest Arctic ice levels in recorded history, and a rash of costly extreme weather events. In fact, 2012 is likely to be the hottest year since accurate record-keeping began in the late 19th century. And as Sandy's $50 billion estimated price tag demonstrates, the cost of doing nothing is far greater than the cost of taking action. So what can the President do to fulfill his promise, reiterated in his victory speech, to ensure that America "isn't threatened by the destructive power of a warming planet"? Some argue that he can't do much, since he faces a divided Congress where some members still reject the reality of climate change. But as Obama is fond of saying, presidents are not elected to do the easy things, and political realities are not set in stone. Sandy has not only restarted the climate conversation in this country; it has also changed the calculus of what is politically possible.

Here are five steps the president should take to address climate change — from no-brainer ideas almost everyone can agree on to ambitious items that would require Congressional action. None is likely to be successful without the active support and participation of the business community.

1. Feed the conversation. ...

2. Reduce climate accelerants. ...

3. Start a clean energy race. ...

4. Use the Clean Air Act. ...

5. Put a price on carbon. ...

TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: climatechange; economy; environment; globalwarming

Snob school in land of Lib-Lib also got-em heap many dum-dum's in Bee School!

1 posted on 11/12/2012 1:45:55 PM PST by Zakeet
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To: Zakeet

None of this piffle is Business-Friendly.

2 posted on 11/12/2012 1:47:59 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Zakeet

I am not gonna bother reading it. It will just be bad for my blood pressure.

3 posted on 11/12/2012 1:49:56 PM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: Zakeet

Translated into the Newspeak mode - All you business are belong to us. And we call it “Patriotic Capitalism”.

Obama did say ‘private sector is doing fine’, it is the public sector employees that saw the budget cuts and were the ones suffering since BOOOOOOOOSH.

4 posted on 11/12/2012 2:03:58 PM PST by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: steelyourfaith

Eco Ping.

5 posted on 11/12/2012 2:04:34 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Zakeet

IMHO, at least half the businesses in this country are now more concerned with currying political favor in order to tilt the table in their direction than in building it through old-fashioned Capitalism.

6 posted on 11/12/2012 2:15:43 PM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Army Air Corps

>3. Start a clean energy race

That is the only suggestion that makes any sense.

Assuming it’s not any of the tried and failed Unicorn dung examples.

7 posted on 11/12/2012 2:44:47 PM PST by soycd
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To: Army Air Corps

All toghether now...


8 posted on 11/12/2012 3:36:04 PM PST by Idaho_Cowboy (Ride for the Brand. Joshua 24:15)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

True dat! That’s the way the facists roll with ‘Corporatism’. Those closest to the source of power will be successful, no matter their business savy. No one ever talks about competition anymore for good reason.

9 posted on 11/12/2012 4:53:50 PM PST by griswold3 (Big Government does not tolerate rivals.)
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10 posted on 11/12/2012 9:01:56 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Obama should change his campaign slogan to "Yes, we am!" Sounds as stupid as his administration is.)
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